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Posted on 6:31pm Sep 6, 2017
PHOENIX -- Andrew McCutchen had plenty to say about being hit by a pitch squarely in the lower middle of his back in the ninth inning with his team up by four runs and runners on second and third. Kevin Volland Germany Jersey . Most of it involved expressing his displeasure about the whole thing and he was wearing a bandage covering the spot where he was hit as he dressed into street clothes after the Pittsburgh Pirates had beaten the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 on Saturday night. In McCutchens mind, and likely those of many who saw what transpired, he was hit by Arizona reliever Randall Delgado on purpose. The count was 2-0 with one out when it happened, and the Pirates All-Star outfielder stayed in the game and eventually scored. The NL MVP was plunked a day after Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri hit Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt in the left hand, causing a fracture that put him on the disabled list. "Sure it did," McCutchen said with a hint of sarcasm when told that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said the pitch from Delgado got away from him. "They had all game to retaliate. They had the first inning to retaliate. They had the first pitch (of the ninth inning at-bat) to retaliate. They missed. You throw a slider on the second pitch and then you throw up and in on the next pitch. Are you trying to hurt me too? Thats the question. "We understand that retaliation is going to happen in this game. But you know, theres a right way to do it," McCutchen added. "If youre going to hit me, hit me. . He hit me square in the spine. If I get hurt, what happens then?" Asked if he thought it was intentional, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle repeated the words "The game takes care of itself." Delgado looked dejected as he walked off the mound, head down, following his ejection for hitting McCutchen. "I was trying to work my corners and unfortunately the ball moved. I think maybe I didnt have control," he said. The Pirates broke the game open late, just as they did the previous night. McCutchen drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single off third baseman Andy Martes glove that keyed a four-run eighth inning to make it 5-1. It was 1-all when Josh Harrison, who had homered earlier, opened the Pittsburgh eighth with an infield hit and Gregory Polanco reached on catchers interference. McCutchens sharp ground ball glanced off Martes glove and into left field, breaking the tie. Arizona reliever Brad Zieglers throwing error later helped the Pirates break away. Brent Morel, inserted into the game at third base in the sixth inning with Pedro Alvarez struggling through an 0-for-3 night, hit an RBI double in the eighth and a two-run single in the ninth. Harrison is 14 for 31 in his last seven games. Until striking out in the fifth, he had four straight at-bats with an extra-base hit and seven straight hits that went for extra bases. Starters Vance Worley of the Pirates and Chase Anderson of the Diamondbacks both threw six innings and allowed one run. Jared Hughes (6-2) got the win with a scoreless seventh. Ziegler (4-2) took the loss. Frieri came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth, but there were no further incidents. David Peralta hit a two-run homer off Frieri. Peralta went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .319 and he drove in all of the Diamondbacks runs with a home run and a single. A double he hit in the third inning hit just below the yellow home run line in centre field. A CATCH FOR CUTCH The Pirates turned what could have been a big inning for the Diamondbacks into nothing thanks to two fine catches from left fielder Travis Snider and centre fielder McCutchen in the second. Snider robbed Didi Gregorious of a hit by diving to catch a line drive, and McCutchen stole a hit from Marte with a sliding catch in shallow right-centre that looked to be a trapped ball. The play was challenged by Gibson but the out call was upheld after a 2-minute, 49-second review. HOT HARRISON Harrison is batting .303 after a 3 for 4 night in which he scored three times. "Trying to have good at-bats and not miss pitches," Harrison said of his recent success. "Getting pitches out over the plate that I can handle and just putting the barrel on it." Hurdle has enjoyed it. "Hes had a knack of getting things going," he said. ON DECK Diamondbacks: Right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-8) starts the finale of the four-game series Sunday. He is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh. Pirates: Left-hander Francisco Liriano makes his 19th start of the season. Hes 3-7 with a 3.97 ERA. Opponents are batting only .231 against him this season. TRAINERS ROOM Diamondbacks: Infielder Cliff Pennington and outfielder A.J. Pollock are on rehab assignments and last played in a rookie league game on Thursday. Pirates: Second baseman Neil Walker was a late scratch from Saturdays lineup with back tightness. Harrison, originally Saturdays left fielder, replaced Walker at second base. Outfielder Starling Marte was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. He has been on the concussion disabled list since July 23. Bernd Leno Jersey . Coverage on TSN is underway now while action resumes on TSN2 at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. TSN GO also offers TSN subscribers bonus online coverage, with live streams of all four venues. Karim Bellarabi Germany Jersey . -- Deshorn Brown scored twice, the first coming 13 seconds into the game, and the Colorado Rapids beat the undermanned Seattle Sounders 5-1 Saturday night.Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored a short-handed goal five seconds into the third period -- yes, five seconds -- to kindle a rally that lifted the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. The Coyotes snapped a seven-game losing streak and extended Torontos skid to eight games. Ekman-Larssons goal, which tied a franchise record for quickest to open a period, came from beyond center ice after Lauri Korpikoski won the faceoff. Martin Hanzal netted the go-ahead goal 3:42 later and Sam Gagner scoredd on a power play later in the period as Arizona broke out of an 0-5-2 slump. Joshua Kimmich Germany Jersey. Mike Smith had 24 saves in the win, which also stopped a five-game road losing streak for the Coyotes, who are in the midst of an eight-game trek. It was their first win away from home since Dec. 23 in Edmonton. Phil Kessel scored in the first period for the Maple Leafs, who are 0-7-1 in their last eight games and 3-15-1 in their last 19. Jonathan Bernier stopped all 32 shots he faced through the second period but allowed three goals on 13 in the third. 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